By Tom Blackburn
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says midfielder Danny Drinkwater is on the brink of signing a new contract.
Speaking ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday, Ranieri said the club are confident off fending off reported interest from Tottenham to tie the 26-year-old to fresh terms.
“Danny is very, very close to signing a new contract,” Ranieri said in a news conference, as quoted by Goal.com.
“Our owner is very ambitious. He wants to maintain the same spirit and squad. He’s very curious about this season.
“We have very good players. It’s normal other managers look at Leicester players. We want to continue. We want to stay together.”
The Sun claimed on Tuesday that Spurs were keeping a close eye on the contract talks between midfield enforcer Drinkwater after he reportedly rejected an £80,000-a-week contract.
It was said that the Foxes hierarchy offered the former Manchester United man a massive rise on his current £30,000-a-week deal last week, but the player reportedly rejected the fresh terms as he holds up for a package closer to £100,000.
Drinkwater is said to want parity with other key players in the club’s title triumph, including England sensation Jamie Vardy.
The Sun reported last month that Drinkwater could be the subject of a £20million offer from Spurs amid growing doubts about his future at the Premier League champions.
The former Manchester United academy player joined Leicester in 2012 and still has two years remaining on his current deal, which he signed in 2014.
The Englishman has enjoyed a remarkable year on the international stage as well at club level after he made his debut for his country in March, and was included in the 26-man provisional squad for Euro 2016 before failing to make the final cut.
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